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Hello. pour in two cups of white vinegar and run the washer, empty of clothes of course. J.

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Water remains in hose and smells


Front loaders are known for bad odors. Run an empty cycle with double bleach and let the machine totally dry out, with the door OPEN. The bleach will kill the mold spores and letting it dry out will prevent more from forming.

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Getting Rid of Front Loader Mildew and Odor


This advice is for that awful mildew smell associated with front loader style washing machines.
Place the washer on the hottest setting you have with nothing but bleach in the wash tub. Some newer models actually have a “Clean Cycle” available now just for this purpose. This helps keep the wash tub, drain lines and pump sanitized.

CHECK AND CLEAN THE DRAIN PUMP FILTER. Accumulations of debris in the drain pump filter can also cause odors. HINT: If you own a shop vac, pull the drain hose from the standpipe at the wall and pull a vacuum on the line. This will drain any residual water left in the tub, pump and drain lines BEFORE you remove the drain pump cover. This will prevent a messy clean up later.

LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN IF POSSIBLE. When not in use, leave the door open to allow the tub to air out and to keep mold and mildew from forming on the door bellow. I know this may not be desirable in some households with small children. If too much mildew forms on the rubber and it cannot be removed, replacement of the bellow may be required.

USE HE DETERGENT ONLY. Using regular detergent, or improper amounts of detergent can contribute to the build up of soap scum in which dirt can collect. Regular detergent is formulated to be used in a conventional wash tub with capacity of about 35 gallons. A high efficiency front loader only uses 5 to 7 gallons of water. So, if you use regular detergent in a front loader, you are, in affect, using about 5 times the concentration of detergent needed. This can cause oversudsing, premature wear on the pump motor and parts, premature wear on rubber seals, odor from sticky soap residue and skin irritations caused by soap residue left in clothing. Using improper detergent will also void the manufacturer's warranty. Make sure you READ all detergent labels some HE detergent is double (2X) and triple (3X) concentrated.

on Apr 05, 2010 | Washing Machines

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Getting Rid of Front Loader Mildew and Odor


This advice is for preventing or getting rid off that awful mildew smell associated with front loader style washing machines.

The first thing to do is to CHECK IN AND AROUND THE RUBBER DOOR BOOT (called a bellow) for small articles of clothing (like socks and underwear) that may have gotten lodged in behind the rubber. Pull the rubber back where it meets the wash tub and look behind it. It is common for small items to get stuck here, become forgotten and start to mildew. You should check this area after each wash and clean it periodically to get rid of the formation of soap scum, mold, and mildew. HINT: When you get ready to wash a load of towels, take a dirty towel and clean the door boot thoroughly (including the areas behind the rubber). Immediately place the towel in the wash and run it on a sanitary cycle. This way you eliminate the need for cleaning rags.

PERIODICALLY RUN THE WASHER ON A CLEANING CYCLE. Place the washer on the hottest setting you have (usually a Sanitary cycle) with nothing but bleach in the wash tub. Some newer models actually have a “Clean Cycle” available now just for this purpose. This helps keep the wash tub, drain lines and pump sanitized.

CHECK AND CLEAN THE DRAIN PUMP FILTER. Accumulations of debris in the drain pump filter can also cause odors. HINT: If you own a shop vac, pull the drain hose from the standpipe at the wall and pull a vacuum on the line. This will drain any residual water left in the tub, pump and drain lines BEFORE you remove the drain pump cover. This will prevent a messy clean up later.

LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN IF POSSIBLE. When not in use, leave the door open to allow the tub to air out and to keep mold and mildew from forming on the door bellow. I know this may not be desirable in some households with small children. If too much mildew forms on the rubber and it cannot be removed, replacement of the bellow may be required.

NOTE: This problem is common with front loader style washing machines. The doors on these machines have an air tight/water tight seal that is great for sealing the washer during the wash cycle, but can be terrible for collecting small garments and for not allowing the tub to properly air out when not in use. Following these simple preventive measures can go a long way towards preventing harmful mold and mildew, and towards extending the life of the door bellow and pump.

USE HE DETERGENT ONLY. Using regular detergent, or improper amounts of detergent can contribute to the build up of soap scum in which dirt can collect. Regular detergent is formulated to be used in a conventional wash tub with capacity of about 35 gallons. A high efficiency front loader only uses 5 to 7 gallons of water. So, if you use regular detergent in a front loader, you are, in affect, using about 5 times the concentration of detergent needed. This can cause oversudsing, premature wear on the pump motor and parts, premature wear on rubber seals, odor from sticky soap residue and skin irritations caused by soap residue left in clothing. Using improper detergent will also void the manufacturer's warranty. Make sure you READ all detergent labels some HE detergent is double (2X) and triple (3X) concentrated.

I hope this information is found to be helpful.

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I'm finding mold on the inside ring of my washer, and i'm not sure how to get rid of it or prevent it.


If you are referring to a Whirlpool Duet series front loader, the following link can give you some guidance on how to prevent mold, mildew and odors associated with these style washers:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3608512-getting_rid_front_loader_mildew_odor

If you are not referring to a front loader, please post back with a complete MODEL NUMBER. I hope you find this information helpful.

NOTE: Because of the mold and mildew problems associated with these washers, the manufacturer now includes many of these recommendations in the owner's manual.

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Odor problem


clean the front gasket on the door with Tilex, they get mold and midew, also run a tub of hot water with some Tilex brand mold and mildew remover through it, then run a second washer tub to clean Tilex completely out, u will need to do this about once a month, and yes all fron loader have this odor problem.

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Front Loader Mildew & Odor


This advice is for preventing or getting rid off that awful mildew smell associated with front loader style washing machines.

The first thing to do is to CHECK IN AND AROUND THE RUBBER DOOR BOOT (called a bellow) for small articles of clothing (like socks and underwear) that may have gotten lodged in behind the rubber. Pull the rubber back where it meets the wash tub and look behind it. It is common for small items to get stuck here, become forgotten and start to mildew. You should check this area after each wash and clean it periodically to get rid of the formation of soap scum, mold, and mildew. HINT: When you get ready to wash a load of towels, take a dirty towel and clean the door boot thoroughly (including the areas behind the rubber). Immediately place the towel in the wash and run it on a sanitary cycle. This way you eliminate the need for cleaning rags.

PERIODICALLY RUN THE WASHER ON A CLEANING CYCLE. Place the washer on the hottest setting you have (usually a Sanitary cycle) with nothing but bleach in the wash tub. Some newer models actually have a “Clean Cycle” available now just for this purpose. This helps keep the wash tub, drain lines and pump sanitized.

CHECK AND CLEAN THE DRAIN PUMP FILTER. Accumulations of debris in the drain pump filter can also cause odors. HINT: If you own a shop vac, pull the drain hose from the standpipe at the wall and pull a vacuum on the line. This will drain any residual water left in the tub, pump and drain lines BEFORE you remove the drain pump cover. This will prevent a messy clean up later.

LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN IF POSSIBLE. When not in use, leave the door open to allow the tub to air out and to keep mold and mildew from forming on the door bellow. I know this may not be desirable in some households with small children. If too much mildew forms on the rubber and it cannot be removed, replacement of the bellow may be required.

NOTE: This problem is common with front loader style washing machines. The doors on these machines have an air tight/water tight seal that is great for sealing the washer during the wash cycle, but can be terrible for collecting small garments and for not allowing the tub to properly air out when not in use. Following these simple preventive measures can go a long way towards preventing harmful mold and mildew, and towards extending the life of the door bellow and pump.

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The following link explains some of the common causes of front loader washer mildew/odor problems and some preventive measures you can try to keep the problem from coming back:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3608512-getting_rid_front_loader_mildew_odor

It is strongly recommended that you leave the door OPEN between uses to allow the drum to air out. There is some residual water that remains in the drain line and pump after each wash. Since this is the low point of the drainage system, some water will always be there. This is NORMAL. Since these washers have an air tight seal on the door, leaving it shut can cause the water to begin to sour.

NOTE: This does not mean leaving the door open will make the water evaporate. It allows air into the drum to keep it from becoming stagnant.

Check the drain door bellow and drain pump for any debris that may have accumulated and can begin to cause odors. To check and clean the drain pump reservoir, follow the steps in this next link:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3574284-checking_the_drain_pump_on_a_front_loade

Once you have checked the drain pump and door area, make sure you are using the proper detergent. Using the wrong type of detergent, or the improper amount, can cause soap scum build up which causes odors.

You can also attempt to run a clean cycle periodically to keep the tub and lines from developing any mildew or odor problems. This is accomplished by running the washer on the hottest setting while empty, using nothhng but a small amount of bleach.

If you have any questions, please post back and let me know. I hope this helps you.

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Getting rid of a horrible stink in my washer kenmore HE2


The following link will give you some tips to try in order to minimize odors and mildew in a front loading washer:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3608512-getting_rid_front_loader_mildew_odor

Following a good regiment of routine cleaning of the door bellow, followed by leaving the door open when not in use (at a minimum) can go a long way towards preventing odors in a front loader. Since the doors on these washers are water tight when closed, it is importnant to leave them open when not in use to allow the drum to air out. There is a small amount of residual water that remains in the drain lines and pump that will sour if you don't. I personally own a Kenmore Elite and have never had problems with mildew or odor in the 9 years I've had it by following this routine.

In addition, it is a good idea to periodcially check the drain pump reservoir to ensure there is not dirt or debirs clogging the pump and becoming stagnant. The following link explains how to access and clean the drain pump (if necessary):

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3574284-checking_the_drain_pump_on_a_front_loade

The drain pump reservoir collecting debris, along with small articles of clothing getting caught in the folds of the door bellow are the two main causes of odors in a front loader.

Read through the links provided and let me know if you have any questions. I hope this helps you.

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At the risk of being rude... it's not your washer that is causing the problem it's your washing habits. Jeff is "right on the money" when he stated water temperature is important. It's fine to use mainly cold water but it makes preventive maintenance very important. A hot soak or wash as your last cycle on was day will help dissolve and flush out residue. Just as important is the amount of detergent used and use of fabric softener. To remove odor from your washer and laundry the "splash area" just above the normal waterline must be cleaned. This is invariably the area of heaviest buildup of odor-causing residue. To clean the splash area add 1 or 2 caps of smelly washer cleaner to a full load of laundry and wash in a hot setting. The added bulk of the laundry will raise the water level to include the splash area. Intermittently pause to soak for more extreme cases.

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How do I prevent mold and odor from my kenmore elite front load washer.


Please click on the following link for an explanation on how to get rid of odor and mold problems in a front loader:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r513372-front_loader_mildew_odor

I personally have own one of these washers for over 8 years now, and have not had any problems since I started following this advice. I hope this helps you.

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